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August 2019

Eversheds Sutherland’s Cynthia Shoss Joins Pamela Thompson as Co-Chair on Global Board

Eversheds Sutherland announced the appointment of Partner Cynthia R. Shoss as co-chair of its Global Board, joining Pamela Thompson. Having two female co-chairs on the Global Board marks a diversity milestone for Eversheds Sutherland, with women now comprising 30% of Eversheds Sutherland’s global governing body. Congratulations to Cynthia for ascending to the Eversheds Global Board!

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March 2019

Stephen Zweig recently participated in on “#MeToo Hits Wall Street and What That Means for Women in Finance” as part of the Bloomberg Equality Summit in New York.

The panel included Fatima Goss Graves, president and chief executive officer of the National Women’s Law Center, Jill Faherty Lloyd, managing director and financial adviser at Evercore Wealth Management, in addition to Stephen.

The panel was moderated by Bloomberg’s Katia Porzecanski, the author of the Bloomberg “must read” article on “#MeToo Backlash Hits Wall Street: “Avoid Women At All Costs”, in which both FWA President Karen Elinksi and Stephen were quoted.

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February 2019

Manju Seal, Head of Sustainable Finance, BMO Financial Group & Capital Markets ESG Lead, authored the recent article Sustainable Finance: Investing in a better future. She leads efforts at BMO Financial Group for identifying impactful solutions around green/social bond underwriting, product development and other sustainable financing activities

She is also a member of the first cohort of the FWA Back2Business™ program.



January 2019

Janet Handal, Co-Chair of the Fintech Committee, was recently honored by the New York State Assembly the for her decades of active service in her community. The occasion was the passing of a landmark program by the New York City Council approving a deal that will enable seniors to age in place at Waterside Plaza, Janet’s home, where she is president of the building association and represents the 4,000 people living there. State Assemblyman Harvey Epstein presented Janet with a proclamation that praised her community service, the aging in place agreement, her work at the White House, and noted her accomplishments in technology, a field that is dominated by men. Janet is a technology consultant and, as a long-time member of the Board and Leadership Council, chaired the Annual Dinner, the International Business Conference, and organized the UN Summit on Microfinance, among many other events she organized on behalf of the FWA.

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The Assembly State of New York Proclamation

Whereas, it is our intent to recognize the work of individuals with the singular vision who is fact enduring and positive change in their communities; and

Whereas, Janet HANDAL has dutifully and actively served her community for decades; and
Whereas, in an industry crowded with men, Janet has brought creativity and effective change to the tech industry; and
Whereas, Janet brought innovation and technology to the White House, forever changing the way the country communicates with our highest levels of government; and
Whereas, Janet’s tireless work on behalf of the tenant association has created a historic path for future affordable housing preservation projects in New York City and around the country; and
Whereas her tenacity has allowed hundreds of Waterside families to age in place and create a long-term affordable housing for Waterside for generations to come; now, therefore, let it be
Proclaimed, that I , Assembly Member Harvey Epstein commend

For her contributions to her community, the state of New York, and the United States.

From Left:

1). New York City Council Chamber

2.) Electeds from left, Dan Garodnick, former Council Member (District 4), Janet Handal, Keith Powers, current City Council Member (District 4), State Assembly Member Harvey Epstein (District 74), and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.


Susan Ganz, FWA Past President (2010-2011) has been chosen to receive the Melville Chamber of Commerce 2018 Women of Melville Empowerment Network (W.O.M.E.N.) Award. The award will be presented at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Celebration on January 30, 2019 at the Hamlet Golf and Country Club in Commack, NY. Each year the Melville Chamber of Commerce honors a select group of outstanding organizations and individuals with the presentation of a special award recognizing the community support, remarkable mentorship and sincere interest in doing what is best for business, residents and those who visit Long Island. Susan’s good work places her as a model for other leaders to follow.

Sharon Lewis

Sharon Lewis is a Marketing Professional and Customer Champion who drives brand awareness and measurable outcomes through traditional and digital channels. She has been an active FWA leader for some 10 years, currently co-chairing our Back2Business program, aimed at individuals who have stepped outside of the traditional workforce for reasons that may include childcare or eldercare.

Sharon recently completed an Executive Apprenticeship at sparks & honey, a leading cultural consultancy that is part of Omnicom Media Group. Sharon was recruited as a professional with 30 plus years’ of experience and insights to join a team of strategists advising Fortune 100 clients. During this assignment, she wrote about the Future of Work, as seen through the eyes of a multi-generational society living in an age of extended longevity.

  • Her experience is noted in this recent NY Times article referencing The New ‘50s: Far From Retirement  and Chip Conley’s identification of the Modern Elder (These are individuals, with years of experience, who are simultaneously sharing wisdom while embracing fresh ideas and ways of thinking.)

Feel free to contact Sharon to share your own experience in this life stage. She is on Twitter at @sharonlewisnyc.

October 2018

Stephanie Ackler

Stephanie Ackler named to the ranking of Top Wealth Advisors Moms by Working Mother Magazine

New York, NY. October 10, 2018 –Stephanie Ackler, Senior Portfolio Manager of Ackler Wealth Management of Wells Fargo Advisors in NYC, has been recognized as a 2018 Top Wealth-Advisor Mom by Working Mother Magazine.

“It’s an honor to be named to this ranking,” Ackler said. “Each day, I show up with one goal in mind – helping my clients succeed financially so they can live the life they’ve always dreamed of living. It is quite an honor to be recognized for doing what I love to do.”

The Working Mother’s Top Women Wealth Advisors algorithm is based on industry experience, interviews, compliance records, assets under management (AUM), revenue and other criteria identified by SHOOK Research, LLC, (note: SHOOK does not receive compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on a ranking; investment performance is not a criterion).

Ackler Wealth Management Sponsors Cancer Wellness Expo in NYC

I am so excited and delighted to be working with Cancer Wellness Expo in NYC. This event will bring together leading experts, visionaries, and inspirational speakers for conversations about the unique issues that women with cancer face and the benefits of a holistic approach to their care and wellness. I am looking forward to the opportunity to engage in discussions with women around holistic wellness, including their financial wellness. This is a very special cause and an event that Ackler Wealth Management is proud to sponsor.

Cornelia Levy-Bencheton

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Our FinTech Co-chair, Cornelia Levy-Bencheton has co-authored the book Smart Cities Smart Future, set for release on October 30th.

Smart Cities, Smart Future describes the impact of smart city projects on people in towns, cities and nations around the world. The book includes descriptions of ongoing smart city projects in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Pre-order is available at major book sellers.



September 2018

Raleigh Mayer

Raleigh Mayer, was featured in the Leading Women in Business: New York section of O, The Oprah Magazine and Entrepreneur in the article Getting to Gravitas. Raleigh helps advance her client’s careers through her understanding of executive presence and effective communication.

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June 2018

Rebecca Lerner

Rebecca Lerner, a managing director and wealth management advisor at Merrill Lynch in New York City, was named to 2018’s “Top 100 Women Financial Advisors” by Barron’s Magazine. The ranking reflects assets under management, revenue and the quality of the advisor’s practice.

Earlier in 2018, Rebecca was recognized by Forbes as a top woman wealth advisor. Rebecca started at Merrill Lynch in 1997, and has been helping high net worth clients achieve their financial goals through comprehensive planning for every stage of their lives. She resides in Brooklyn with her family.


April 2018

Marline Alexander

Karen C. Altfest

Long-time Members Karen Altfest and Marline Alexander are recognized by Crain’s  as 2018 Notable Women in Finance.

The annual Crain’s New York Business listing of “Notable Women in Finance in NYC” recognizes women financial professionals who demonstrate outstanding and impactful leadership in their firms as well as their local communities.

Congratulations to Karen and Marline for their leadership and commitment to the FWA!

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December 2017

Christine Li-Auyeung

Marietta Bottero

Members Christine Li-Auyeung and Marietta Bottero are both featured in the article “How to Get a Job on Wall Street when your family is poor,” published by Efinancial careers.

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September 2017

Arianna Georgiadis holding her LIBN 30 Under 30 award flanked by Jill Schneider (r) and Vivian Breier (l). All three members are the co-chairs of the FWA-Long Island committee.

On September 12th, Arianna Georgiadis was an honoree at Long Island Business News’s (LIBN) 30 under 30 awards dinner. Quite an accomplishment for Arianna, who at age 25 is recognized  for her business accomplishments.  The FWA congratulates Arianna on her achievement.

Well done!

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Local NJ-Based Marketing Consultant Featured on MSNBC’s “Your Business”
JJ Ramberg interviews Maria Semple of The Prospect Finder LLC for her best email marketing tips.

BRIDGEWATER, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 – FWA Member and NJ-based Marketing Consultant Maria Semple was interviewed by MSNBC’s JJ Ramberg for an upcoming episode of “Your Business” which is scheduled to air on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 7:30 am ET. As President of The Prospect Finder LLC and author of Magnify Your Business, Maria shared her expertise at the August NY NOW Expo at the Javits Center in New York City where she also discussed small business email marketing tips for refining online marketing strategies with JJ Ramberg.

During the interview, Semple stressed the continued importance of email marketing for small businesses as it still elicits a very high return on investment for their marketing dollars and enhances other online marketing efforts. “It’s important to remember that email marketing is permission-based marketing,” noted Semple. “You don’t want to be perceived as a spammer, so make sure you’re compliant with email marketing laws and use a service provider that will also enable you to segment your list for targeted communications.”

For the full interview, tune into MSNBC on Sunday, September 24th at 7:30 am, or visit  after the air date.

July 2017

Anderson Kill is pleased to announce that Carrie Maylor DiCanio, an attorney in the firm’s New York office and co-chair of Anderson Kill’s Women’s Network, has been promoted to Shareholder.

Ms. DiCanio is a member of the firm’s Insurance Recovery Group and Corporate and Commercial Litigation Group and is co-chair of Anderson Kill’s Women’s Network. She has recovered valuable insurance proceeds for corporate policyholders in state and federal courts throughout the United States and advised clients extensively on pre-litigation insurance matters. She has represented global retailers, financial services companies, technology companies, energy companies and governmental entities in D&O, environmental, product liability and property claims.Ms. DiCanio also has represented telecom companies, global manufacturers and hedge funds in antitrust and securities matters.

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